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B-BP DECA Team is on the Road to State Competition

The students are very likely making a former DECA club advisor very proud.

Patch would like to thank Natalie Mottl, a Bayport-Blue Point High School student, for providing this article.

Bayport-Blue Point High School students recently competed in the regional DECA competition at Suffolk Community College’s Ammerman campus and qualified for state competition later this year.

DECA is a business organization that focuses on marketing, finance, hospitality, and management, while instilling a life-long interest in business, industry, and entrepreneurship.

The team features students interested in the value and mechanisms of business and was led by Bayport-Blue Point business teacher, Michael Plugues, who has stepped into the role of former DECA advisor Doug Monsell, who tragically lost a valiant battle against cancer last year.

Six team members, Chandler Varone, Emily Larsson, Patrick Liu, Ryan Ball, Jonathon Panetta, and Victoria Mercouris qualified for the New York States DECA Competition in Rochester this March. Patrick Liu and Jonathon Panetta both reached the achievement of finishing in the top three in their respective categories.

This is the second consecutive year that the DECA team has qualified for the state competition. Students compete for scholarships and the opportunity to advance to the DECA International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, California.

The team’s great achievements reflect on the success of Bayport Blue Point’s business program and showcases the lasting legacy from Monsell who shaped Bayport-Blue Point and its business department through new programs such as starting the Bayport-Blue Point DECA chapter.

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